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Beethoven Unleashed: Phoenix Rising

Donald Macleod explores Beethoven’s life and music through the years 1813-1815.

This week, Donald Macleod explores Ludwig van Beethoven’s life through the years of 1813-1815 – a time of great change throughout Europe as Napoleon was overthrown. For Beethoven, it was undoubtedly the most successful period of his entire career, as he began, at last, to receive public recognition for his music. However, these years also saw him slump to an artistic nadir as he succumbed to the call for patriotic crowd-pleasers in the wake of this massive political change.

Composer of the Week is returning to the story of Beethoven’s life and music throughout 2020. Part of Radio 3’s Beethoven Unleashed season marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Music Featured:

Triumphal March for Kuffner’s Tarpeja, WoO 2a
Trio in B flat major, Op 97 “Archduke” ( Allegro Moderato)
An die Hoffnung, Op 94
Quartet in C major, Op 59’3 “Razumovsky” (Andante con moto quasi Allegretto)
Incidental Music for the Ruins of Athens (Overture – Chorus of Dervishes – March and Chorus )
Symphony No.3 in E flat major, Op 55 “Eroica” – (Marcia Funebre. Adagio Assai)
Wellington’s Victory, Op 91
Symphony no. 7 in A major, Op 92 (arr. Winds) (Presto)
Symphony no. 8 in F major, Op 93 (Allegretto scherzando – Tempo di menuetto )
Germania, WoO 94
The Ruins of Athens, Op 113 No 7
Symphony no. 8 in F major, Op 93 (Allegro Vivace e con brio)
Piano Trio No. 7 in B flat major, Op 97 “Archduke” – (Scherzo – Andante cantabile)
Fidelio, Op 72 – Overture (arr. Piano by I. Moscheles)
Fidelio – Op 72 – Act I No 9
Fidelio, Op 72 – Act I No 10
Leonore Prohaska, WoO.96
Polonaise, Op 89
Cantata: Der Glorreiche Augenblick, Op 136 No 1, 4 & 6
Quartet no.8 Op 59’2 “Rasumovsky” (Allegretto)
Piano Sonata no.27, Op 90
Kurz ist der Schmerz, und ewig ist die Freude, WoO163
Brauchle, Lincke, WoO167
Cello sonata no. 5 in D major, Op 102’2 – (Adagio con molto sentimento d’affetto)
Piano Concerto no. 6 (fragment, completed by Nicholas Cook and Hermann Dechant)
Fidelio, Op 72 Act II No 13

Presented by Donald Macleod

Produced by Sam Phillips for BBC Cymru Wales

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Marie Jaëll

Donald Macleod delves into the life and career of the piano prodigy Marie Jaëll.

For the first time in the history of Composer of the Week, Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Marie Jaëll [1846-1925]. Jaëll was a piano prodigy, a composer across a wide spectrum of genres including opera and chamber music, and a revolutionary when it came to the art of teaching and playing the piano. She knew many distinguished musicians including Liszt, Saint-Saëns, César Franck, Brahms, Fauré and Rossini, but hers is a name which has been largely forgotten. Donald Macleod uncovers Jaëll’s music, and tells her story.

Music Featured:

Aube (Promenade matinale, esquisses pour piano)
Dans le doute; Essaim de mouches; Entrainement (Promenade matinale, esquisses pour piano)
Folies d’ours (La Légende des ours)
Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor
Reflets Chantants (Prisme. Problèmes en musique)
Armour brûlant (La Légende des ours)
Album Leaf
Dans les flammes (18 Pièces d’après la lecture de Dante)
Cello Sonata
Dein (Five Lieder)
Douze Valses et Finale
Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor
Sphinx
Reflets dansants (Prisme. Problèmes en musique)
Cello Concerto in A Minor
Ce qu’on entend dans le Purgatoire (18 Pièces d’après la lecture de Dante)
Rêverie; Clair de lune (Les Orientales)
6 Melancholy Waltzes: No 5 in A minor; No 3 in G sharp minor
Ce qu’on entend dans le Paradis (18 Pieces for piano after reading Dante)
Pieces for Children
Désirs ardents; Amour involontaire; Union malheureuse; Épilogue (La Légende des ours)

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Luke Whitlock for BBC Wales

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Beethoven Unleashed: How to Play Beethoven

Donald Macleod meets professional musicians to get the performer’s eye view of Beethoven.

During Beethoven’s life, great technical advances were being made to musical instruments such as the keyboard and the horn. It was also a period when virtuoso musicians of all kinds began to tour Europe and Beethoven was able to meet some of the greatest exponents of different instruments and learn from them. He was inspired to push the limits of his performers as never before, and his works continue to fascinate and challenge musicians today. In this episode, Donald Macleod meets with different professional musicians to get a performer’s eye view of Beethoven’s music and the challenges it presents.

Guests: Chi-chi Nwanoku (double bass), Rachel Nicholls (soprano), Adrian Bending (timpani), Ronald Brautigam (fortepiano), Sarah Willis (French horn).
Composer of the Week is returning to the story of Beethoven’s life and music throughout 2020. Part of Radio 3’s Beethoven Unleashed season marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Music Featured:
Symphony No 6 in F, Op 68 “Pastoral” (Donner. Sturm)
Symphony No 7 in A, Op 92 (Allegro con brio)
Septet in E flat, Op 20 (Scherzo)
Symphony No 9 in D minor, Op 125 “Choral” (Presto)
Fidelio, Act 1 No 1-3
Fidelio, Act 2 No 12
Fidelio, Act 2 No 14-15
Missa Solemnis, Op 123 (Agnus Dei)
Violin Concerto in D, Op 61 (excerpt)
Symphony No 4 in B flat, Op 60 (Adagio – Allegro vivace)
Symphony No 3 in E flat, Op 55 “Eroica” (Marcia funebre)
Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 67 (Allegro & Allegro – Presto)
Piano Sonata No 13 in E flat, Op 27 No 1 (Andante)
Concerto No 3 in C minor, Op 37 (Largo)
Piano Trio No 5 in D, Op 70 No 1 “Ghost” (Largo assai ed espressivo)
Fantasia in C minor, Op 80
Horn Sonata, Op 17
Symphony No 3 in E flat, Op 55 “Eroica” (Scherzo)
Sextet in E flat, Op 81b (Rondo)
Symphony No 9 in D minor, Op 125 “Choral” (Adagio molto e cantabile)

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Luke Whitlock for BBC Wales

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Beethoven Unleashed: Creating the Myth

Donald Macleod follows Beethoven through the years 1810-1812.

This week, Donald Macleod explores Ludwig van Beethoven’s life through 1810-1812, a period of great financial hardship for all of Vienna in the aftermath of Napoleon’s second occupation of the city. Beethoven struggled through this economic depression, composing his Seventh and Eighth Symphonies with little hope of getting performances. The financial crisis wasn’t the only thing to afflict the composer either; alongside an increase in physical ailments, Beethoven also suffered a great emotional crisis which culminated in the letter he wrote to his unnamed ‘Immortal Beloved’.
Composer of the Week is returning to the story of Beethoven’s life and music throughout 2020. Part of Radio 3’s Beethoven Unleashed season marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Music Featured:
Fantasie in G minor, Op 77
Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat major, Op 73 “Emperor” (2nd and 3rd movements)
Piano Trio No 7 in B flat major, Op 97 “Archduke” (4th movement)
Egmont Overture, Op 84
To the Blackbird; The Dairy House (26 Welsh Songs, WoO 155)
Sonata No 26 in E flat major, Op 81a “Les Adieux” (2nd and 3rd movements)
Incidental Music to King Stephen, Op 117 (Overture & Victory March)
Christ on the Mount of Olives, Op 85 (Final Trio and Choruses)
Symphony No 7 in A major, Op 92 (3rd movement)
String Quartet No 10 in E flat major, Op 74 “Harp” (4th movement)
Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59 “Für Elise”
Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 67 -(2nd movement)
String Quartet No 11 in F minor, Op 95
Symphony No 7 in A major, Op 92 (4th movement)
An die Geliebte, WoO 140
Symphony No 7 in A major, Op 92 (1st and 2nd movements)
Piano Trio in B flat major, WoO 39
An de Ferne Geliebte, Op 98
3 Equali for Four Trombones, WoO 30
Kennst du das Land, Op 75 No 1
Violin Sonata No 10 in G major, Op 96
Meeresstille und Gluckliche Fahrt, Op 112
Symphony No 8 in F major, Op 93 (4th movement)
Freudvoll und Leidvoll (Incidental Music for Egmont, Op 84)

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Sam Phillips for BBC Wales

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Beethoven Unleashed: In His Own Words

Donald Macleod explores Ludwig van Beethoven’s varied and rich correspondence.

More than 1,770 of Beethoven’s letters still survive and, this week, Donald Macleod delves into five different areas of this extensive correspondence. We’ll hear exchanges with some of his closest friends and patrons, a secret admission about his hearing and the details of a petty argument that gets blown out of all proportion. Beethoven’s flirting gets him into trouble; he falls deeply in love and suffers the misery of rejection on more than one occasion. Plus, the composer writes to his idol, Goethe and finds himself embroiled in some shady dealings with his publishers.

The letters are read by Adrian Lester.

Music Featured:
arr. Matiegka: Serenade in D, Op 8
Overture to Leonore
Violin Sonata No 3 in E flat major, Op 12 No 3
String Quartet No 1 in F major, Op 18 No 1
March for Military Music in F major, WoO 18 ‘York March’
Piano Trio No 7 in B flat major, Op 97 ‘Archduke’
Cello Sonata No 3 in A major, Op 69
Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat major, Op 73 ‘Emperor’
Piano Sonata in C sharp minor, Op 27 No 2
An die Hoffnung, Op 32
Piano Sonata No 23 in F minor, Op 57 (Appassionata)
Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59
An die Ferne Geliebte
Piano Sonata No 3 in C major, Op 2 No 3
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op 47
Septet in E flat major, Op 20 (excerpt)
Cello Sonata in A major, Op 69
Gesang aus der Ferne, WoO 137
Adelaide
Opferlied, Op 121b
Coriolan Overture
Kennst du das Land (Goethe)

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Johannah Smith for BBC Wales

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Donald Macleod journeys through Johann Sebastian Bach’s relationship with the organ.

Johann Sebastian Bach is often acknowledged as one of the greatest composers of all time and yet, during his lifetime, he was often more famous as an organist. Bach became very much in demand as a performer and a teacher. He was often asked to advise on the design and renovation of expensive church instruments. He composed a great deal of music for organ and was particularly productive during his twenties and early thirties when working at the court in Weimar. All this week Donald Macleod examines Bach’s life and music through the lens of his life-long fascination with the organ, focusing particularly on his time in Weimar and exploring his role as performer organist, teacher, servant, entrepreneur and composer.

Music Featured:
Brandenburg Concerto No 3, BWV 1048 (ohne Satzbezeichnung)
Sonata No 2 in C minor, BWV 526
Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 550
Christen, ätzet diesen Tag, BWV 63
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Concerto for Harpsichord in G minor, BWV 1058
Cantata No 162 ‘Ach, ich sehe, itzt, da ich zur Hochzeit gehe’, BWV 162
Concerto in A minor, BWV 593
Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542
Concerto for two violins and strings in D minor, BWV 1043
Toccata and Fugue in D minor (Dorian), BWV 538
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244
Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564
Brandenburg Concerto No 2, BWV 1047
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (Prelude and Fugue in C major), BWV 867
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (Prelude and Fugue in C minor), BWV 847
Lute Suite in E minor, BWV 996
Concerto in D minor, BWV 596 (Vivaldi Violin Concerto Op 3 No 11)
Mass in B minor, BWV 232 (Osanna in excelsis, Agnus Dei, Dona Nobis Pacem)
Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 532

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Luke Whitlock for BBC Wales

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Beethoven Unleashed: Restless Spirit

Donald Macleod follows Ludwig van Beethoven through the years 1807-1809.

This week, Donald Macleod explores Ludwig van Beethoven’s life through the years of 1807-1809. This was a period which ended with the traumatic second occupation of Vienna by Napoleon’s forces, and a time when Beethoven himself was feeling increasingly restless in the city after his plans to gain financial stability were thwarted.

Composer of the Week is returning to the story of Beethoven’s life and music throughout 2020. Part of Radio 3’s Beethoven Unleashed season marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Music Featured:
Coriolan Overture, Op 62
Mass in C major, Op 86 (Credo & Agnus Dei)
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op 57 “Appassionata” (III. Allegro ma non troppo – Presto)
Lob auf de Dicken, WoO 100
Quartet in E minor, Op 59 No 2 “Rasumovsky” (IV. Presto)
Elegischer Gesang, Op 118
Symphony No 6 in F major, Op 68 “Pastoral Symphony” (1st and 2nd movements)
Piano trio in D major, Op 70 No 1 “Ghost” (2nd movement)
Six Goethe Songs, Op 75 No 6 (Der Zufriedene)
3 Songs, Op 83 No 3 (Mit einem gemalten Band)
Mass in C major, Op 86 (Gloria)
Piano Transcription of Violin Concerto, Op 61a (III. Rondo)
Cello Sonata No 3 in A major, Op 69 (1st movement)
Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 67 (1st movement)
In questa tomba oscura, WoO 133
3 Songs, Op 83 No (Wonne der Wehmut)
Choral Fantasy, Op 80
Piano Concerto No 4 in G major, Op 58 (3rd movement)
Piano Sonata No 24 in F sharp major, Op 78 “à Thérèse”
Lied aus der ferne, WoO 137
March for Military Music, WoO 18
Piano Sonata No 26 in E flat major, Op 81a “Les adieux” (1st movement)
Incidental Music to Egmont, Op 84 (1. Die Trommel geruhet; 2. Entr’acte I – Andante; 7. Clärchen’s Death; 9. Symphony of Victory)
Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat major, Op 73 “Emperor” (1st movement)
Sehnsucht, WoO 134

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Sam Philips for BBC Wales

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Holmes and Duparc

Donald Macleod and Anastasia Belina explore the lives and music of Augusta Holmès and Henri Duparc.

Imagine creating a grand spectacle that demands 1,200 performers, along with the most lavish sets and costumes. You might think that the figure behind such an extraordinary achievement would have staked a claim on immortality, yet despite achieving considerable fame in her own lifetime, this is not the fate that befell Augusta Holmès. Over the passage of time her name has disappeared into obscurity, whilst that of her direct contemporary, Henri Duparc has grown and prospered. These days he’s regarded as one of the leading figures of French song, yet it’s still the case that relatively little is known about his life.

In Duparc’s case his is a reputation built on the slenderest of musical means, some seventeen mélodies. By contrast, Holmès’ l’Ode Triomphale, which was written to mark the centenary of France’s 1789 revolution, is the largest of a generous collection of large scale orchestral works, to which you can also add four operas, the last of which was mounted at the Paris Opera in 1895, as well as considerable catalogue of songs.

To shed light on Holmès’ music, several of her works have been recorded by the BBC Performing Groups, as part of the Forgotten Women Composers project, which was developed by the BBC in association with the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Helping Donald Macleod uncover more about the little known Augusta Holmès and Henri Duparc, is Anastasia Belina, a music historian with a particular interest in nineteenth century music and women composers.

Music Featured:
Duparc: Chansons triste
Duparc: Aux étoiles
Holmès: Trois petites pièces for flute and piano
Holmès: Rolando Furieux
Duparc: L’invitation au voyage
Holmès: Molto lento
Duparc: Sérénade, Le manoir de Rosemonde,Soupir
Holmès: À Trianon
Duparc: Sonata in A minor for cello and piano
Holmès: Ouverture pour une comèdie
Holmès: La Haine (excerpt)
Duparc: La Vague et la cloche
Holmès: Memento mei deus
Duparc: Lénore, symphonic poem
Duparc: Au pays où se fait la guerre
Holmès: Irlande
Duparc: Sérénade Florentine
Duparc: Extase
Holmès: Pologne
Duparc: Le Galop, Romance de Mignon
Holmès: La vision de la Reine
Duparc: Phidylé
Holmès: La Nuit et l’Amour (from Ludus pro Patria)
Duparc: Élégie
Holmès: Le château du rêve
Duparc: Danse lente
Holmès: Andromède
Duparc: La via antérieure

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Johannah Smith for BBC Wales

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Beethoven Unleashed: Private Papers

Donald Macleod explores Beethoven’s sketches and letters to see what they reveal about his life and music.

This week Donald Macleod is joined by Beethoven scholar, Erica Buurman and biographer, Jan Swafford to investigate some the many documents and papers that Beethoven left behind after his death, which are now scattered in archives and collections across the world. Donald and his guests explore high-quality, digital facsimiles of Beethoven’s most personal records including his letters, notebooks and journals; scouring them for clues to his relationships, his work and his everyday life.

Composer of the Week is returning to the story of Beethoven’s life and music throughout 2020. Part of Radio 3’s Beethoven Unleashed season marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Music Featured:
String Quartet Op.18 No 2 (4th movement)
Piano Sonata No 8, Op 13 ‘Pathétique’
Violin Sonata Op 30 No 2 (4th movement)
Symphony No 3 ‘Eroica’(4th movement)
Violin Sonata No 5, Op 24 (2nd movement)
Piano Sonata No 24, Op 78 (2nd movement)
Andante Favori, WoO 57
Diabelli Variations, Op 120 (Vars. 18-24)
Missa Solemnis: Credo
Piano Sonata No 16, Op 31 No 1 (1st movement)
Violin Sonata No 8, Op 30 No 3 III (3rd movement)
Symphony No 2 (2nd movement)
Variations for Piano, ‘Eroica’, Op 35
Sonata for Cello and Piano Op 69 (2nd movement)
Fidelio: Act I No 1‘Jetzt, Schätzchen, jetzt sind wir allein‘
Piano Trio, Op 97 ‘Archduke’ (3rd movement)
Triple Concerto, Op 56 (1st movement)
String Quintet Op 29 (3rd movement)
Trio in Bb, WoO 39
Symphony No 7 (4th movement)
Piano Sonata No 16, Op 31 No 1 (2nd movement)
String Quartet, Op 59 No 3 (1st movement)

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Chris Taylor for BBC Wales

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